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1128 Martin Grove Rd
Toronto, ON, M9W 4W1
Canada

Toronto-based yarn and gift store focusing on Alpacas and sourcing natural fibres spun in North America. Alpacas have a luxurious, naturally hypoallergenic fibre, which occurs in twenty-two natural colours. Additional collaborations with Indie Dyers, create an endless colour palette to choose from.

NEWS

October News

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Hello everyone!! 

Another month has flown by and it is cool enough for sweaters and cardigans again...yay:)

The shelves are full of lovely alpaca yarn and I thought I would just remind you of what I have for your consideration! To start with.... natural coloured yarns in various weights, from two Ontario alpaca farms: Silver Cloud Alpacas and Highgate Alpacas. The quality and attention to detail from both of these sources are exceptional. Links are provided to both of them on my "Visit" page for more information.

Soothing natural colours....alpaca comes in 22 different natural colours:)

Soothing natural colours....alpaca comes in 22 different natural colours:)

O-Wool Local and Alpaca Elegance (Green Mountain Spinnery) are both from the US and sourced and processed locally to them. Local  is a single worsted weight yarn that is 50% alpaca from farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and 50% certified organic merino. I have made a number of shawls, hats and a cardigan in this yarn...it is a pleasure to work with. The Fall 2016 issue of Knitscene features a garment in this yarn: Alice Hoodie by Kristen TenDyke.

This is the Houghton Cardigan by Marie Greene of Olive Knits in O-Wool Local, Grey Birch. If you haven't tried Marie's patterns, check them out as they are extremely well written...classy and contemporary:)

This is the Houghton Cardigan by Marie Greene of Olive Knits in O-Wool Local, Grey Birch. If you haven't tried Marie's patterns, check them out as they are extremely well written...classy and contemporary:)

Alpaca Elegance is a 2 ply  DK weight that is 50% New England Wool and 50% fine wool. This has a slightly rustic feel to it, is nice for colour work and makes lightweight, warm items to wear. My favourite so far is the pattern Blank Canvas by Ysolda Teague.

Salt River Mills label from The North American Suri Company is a line of fine yarns that I have brought in to offer you the chance to work with this rare and luxurious fibre. All of the Suri is purchased in the States and Canada and all the processing is done in North America, I have been working with this yarn and getting to know it. It comes in light fingering, sport and DK. Suri has drape, lustre, intensity of colour and elegance! 

Simply Suri is 85% Suri and 15% wool....makes wonderful shawls that are soft and drapey!

Simply Suri is 85% Suri and 15% wool....makes wonderful shawls that are soft and drapey!

Then we have hand dyed yarn by Paula of Little Red KettleHead, both locally sourced and some commercial prepared, available in lace to bulky! These are fun and have been well received so far....especially the Luscious Fingering which is a blend of alpaca,cashmere and silk!

Colour is Paula's Specialty!!

Colour is Paula's Specialty!!

The most recent yarn is a very cool Creative yarn from Highgate Alpacas which can be used for rugs, chair pads, purses and can be worked with crochet, knitting needles or just your hands or arms. I have 2  "bumps" as they are called, listed in the shop.

Besides yarn...you will find all sorts of unique one of a kind gifts including signed books, patterns, alpaca socks, insoles and ties, soapnuts (natural laundry detergent) and alpaca dryer balls, hand made soaps and bath bombs, lavender products, pottery yarn bowls and mugs, maple syrup, beeswax candles and candle holders. I have probably forgotten something but you are welcome to come and browse.

Mugs for your favourite beverage while you work....

Mugs for your favourite beverage while you work....

October 15 is The Woodstock Fleece Festival and I will be attending that, so the store will be closed that day. I encourage you to take a look at their website www.fleecefestival.com and consider a trip to this event..it is one of the best, in my opinion:)

The community of knitters and fibre lovers of all kinds is very supportive and inspiring...one of the things that I love about it are the friendships that have developed and seeing how we are becoming more aware of the stories and the people behind the creations. Some of us will have a greater impact than others but we can all make a difference. Be sure to check out www.peggysuecollection.com for a very inspiring story right here!!

Have a fabulous October...take time to reflect on life as you slow down and work with your hands making something beautiful for yourself or someone you want to show love to.